The first of Gujarat’s two-phase assembly polls began on Saturday across 89 constituencies in the 19 districts of Kutch, Saurashtra and southern regions.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has encouraged people to turn out in record numbers in the Gujarat’s assembly polls and particularly urged the youngsters to cast their votes.
A total of 977 candidates are in the fray from Kutch, Morbi, Jamnagar, Surendranagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Rajkot, Botad, Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli, Gir Somnath, Bhavnagar, Bharuch, Narmada, Surat, Tapi, Navsari, Dang and Valsad districts.
Of the 89 seats, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party holds 67 while the Congress holds 16. One seat each is held by the NCP and JD-U while independents hold the remaining two.
Polling will end at 5 p.m. There are a total of 24,689 polling booths are set up.
1,11,05,933 are males and 1,01,25,472 females of the 2,12,31,652 voters while 247 are from the third gender.